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Fostering the Development of Young Researchers
To foster the development of young researchers interested in border studies, UBRJ collaborates with JIBSN and Hokkaido University's Reshaping Japan's Border Studies GCOE in order to provide support in terms of networking, exchanging ideas, and promoting international standards of research.
Border Studies Internships
As part of the project to connect academic approaches with practice in border regions, UBRJ promotes a paid internship program on which young border studies researchers (doctoral/post-doctoral research fellows) are engaged in practice related to issues in Japan's border regions. One researcher was dispatched to Yonaguni Town Hall in April 2013 to organize materials on exchanges between Yonaguni and Taiwan in preparation for a museum exhibition. Another was sent to Nemuro City Hall in July 2013 to work on a temporary research internship.
With the aim of fostering the development of internationalized young researchers in Japan and involving their overseas counterparts in border studies in Japan, UBRJ runs an intensive course at Hokkaido University's Sapporo Campus every summer. All lectures are given in English, thereby helping to enhance the international communication abilities of young Japanese researchers.
The results of border studies are exhibited in a section of the Hokkaido University Museum to provide a place where people can learn about border issues in Japan and elsewhere. Exhibitions are organized to provide visitors with opportunities to find out about the lifestyles and history of border regions and consider their future in these areas.
Global COE Program "Reshaping Japan's Border Studies,"the preceding project of UBRJ, closed in March 2014, had held ten special exhibitions related to various aspects of border studies at Hokkaido University Museum. A part of these exhibitions are still displayed at the second floor of the Musium. The exhibition is open to the public and entrance is free.
Second phase of the Border Tourism Exhibition is now underway at the SRC-UBRJ booth on the 2nd Floor of the "renovated" Hokkaido University Museum!!